60 Nasty Household Hazards Birds Shouldn’t Be Around

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We talked about broken bones and stabilizing the bird prior to seeking veterinary help, a couple weeks ago I want to touch on some other points.

 

There are so many ways a bird in or out of the cage can break a bone I’m amazed it doesn’t happen more often.

 

  • Wing feathers get caught in cage bars.
  • Toes get caught in the crack of an un-inspected wood toy.
  • You forget to notice the bird on the top of the bathroom cabinet door when you close it.

Sometimes you’re part of the trauma but sometimes you have to be a detective.

 

If you see a bird’s wing drooping or your bird can’t move it’s wing you’re probably dealing with a broken bone.

If a leg looks like is in a position that’s not normal or the leg is swollen or bruised, you’re probably dealing with a broken bone.

 

Know what you’re dealing with so you know how to deal with it. Learn how to deal with it here.

 

Overheated birds

Once again the possibilities are endless, from failed air-conditioners to birds left in hot cars while you’re running errands to and from the vet.

What your bird’s temperature comfort range?

If you’re comfortable your birds comfortable – If you’re hot you bird’s hot.

 

Pedialyte, a pediatric oral electrolyte solution administered in eyedropper is ideal.

Gatorade works too

A teaspoon of salt in a pint of water will work in a pinch. Mist entire bird with water.

Reduce the heat if at all possible with an air conditioner.

Bird burns

Steam, dinner cooking on the stove – hot soup or frying chicken.

Water type burns should be misted with cool water or the bird should be simply placed under a faucet.

For foot and leg burns, dip the extremity into a cup of ice water.

Use a topical antibiotic cream, nothing with grease especially things like butter.

Anything greasy will retain the heat.

 

Conversely if you’re dealing with the grease burn first use cornstarch to wick the oil and then run the bird under cold water.

 

Chemical or acid burns – think toilet bowl cleaner – flush the bird with cold water and then apply a mixture of baking soda and water as a light paste.

 

Alkali burns on birds from household cleaners that contain things like ammonia should be treated with running water and then vinegar to neutralize the chemical.

 

If your bird burnt its beak while chewing on the electrical cord that it’s been nibbling on for the past two months, you’re on your own.

 

We haven’t figured out how to treat beak burns.

 

My all-time favorite scenario is that you been smart enough to make sure the bird is not the kitchen while you cook.

Dinner’s over and your birds back in the kitchen with you helping you wash dishes expecting perhaps a sink bath.


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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.